Yadier Molina has been an integral part of the St. Louis Cardinals since arriving on the scene in June 2004.
Molina made his MLB debut on June 3 of that year and did so at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Fast forward to 2022 and Molina is in his final year in the big leagues after a long and successful career.
Yesterday, he and the Cardinals were playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC, where it all started for Molina.
Cardinals writer Derrick Goold shared an interesting fact after yesterday’s game that the Cards have played a total of 2,900 games since Molina made his debut, and they have only been in contention. only for 24 of them.
Work on some projects for @stltoday this will drop in the coming weeks, and the updated research Elias once did:
From Sunday, #stlcards have played 2,900 games since Yadier Molina made his MLB debut in 2004.
They were knocked out of the playoffs in 24.
—Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 12, 2022
To buckle the buckle
Molina is one of many big names in Cardinals baseball history.
He was a major part of what made this team so great it has been.
Along with Adam Wainwright and Albert Pujols, Molina won two World Series rings in St. Louis.
Since his arrival, Molina has been one of the best receivers the game has ever seen.
He’s been on so many great Cardinals teams and had some of the team’s most historic moments.
But the fact that the Cardinals have only been in contention for 24 of those 2,900 games is crazy.
It also shows what Molina has meant to the Cardinals organization and how he embodies the team’s mission and the spirit of St. Louis.
He’s been around forever and has been one of the key factors in their success.
The 40-year-old receiver will make one last stop in Pittsburgh before the end of the regular season.